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New Voting Rules Make Online Registration Easy
The state of Minnesota has online voter registration available through the Secretary of State's web site. These new opportunities are expected to increase voter registration and turnout in elections this year and going forward. When many states are enacting voter suppression laws in an effort to reduce voter turnout and steer election outcomes, Minnesota can be proud, once again, that it is a leading force in promoting voter participation and expanding democracy.
For those who have never voted before and those who have moved, you may register online now. For a quick link to the voter registration forms on the Secretary of State's website, click on the following link. http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204
Be aware, there are deadlines for pre-registration.
Early Voting and "No Excuse" Absentee Voting
There may be some confusion about early voting and "No Excuse" absentee voting in Minnesota. Some states have early voting, but Minnesota does not. However, voters can vote early through the newly revised absentee voting process.
In the past, many voters made an excuse to vote absentee even though they were not expecting to be absent from their home city on election day. Until now, Minnesota law did not allow that.
That has changed. Under current law, voters can use the absentee voting process to vote early and avoid lines at the polling places on election day.
For more information on the process, click on the following link. https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx
Absentee ballots for the upcoming primary election have been available since Friday, June 27th. The primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12th, 2014.
Absentee ballots for the general election will be available on Friday, September 19th. The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th.
If you want to vote absentee and have not registered at your current address or have never registered to vote, the deadline for registering for the primary election is Tuesday, July 22nd and for the general election is Tuesday, October 14th.
All of this information was obtained from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website and can be verified there.
Also, the cities of Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Little Canada, Maplewood, North St. Paul, Roseville, and Shoreview have on site absentee voting. You may call your city hall or visit your city's website. We have links to various city hall websites on our Educate page.
League History Book Available in Print and Online
At our Annual meeting, April 30th, members were presented with the history of the League of Women Voters of Roseville, Maplewood and Falcon Heights. Members Mindy Greiling, Judy Berglund, Carolyn Cushing, Judy Rosenblatt, Jackie Hays, Mary Ann Palmer, Florence Sprague, and Gwen Willems drafted the history and interviewed veteran members.
The completed book is available on this website through a link below. There are printed copies of the book available as well.
Thanks also to Dawn Mathers, the graphic designer, Linda Owen, guest editor, and photographers Janet Hostetter and Ken Stewart for their outstanding contributions.
Click on the link below to open and save the history.
Also as part of the Memoir Project, several veteran Leagers were interviewed about their involvement with the LWV. To read these interviews, click on the link at the top of this page to go the "About Us" page and click on the various interviews.
Click on the link below to be directed to the LWVMN Action Alerts
July 28, 2014